Viriditas Courses

The following courses are offered at ‘Viriditas’ each year.

Option One

The Traditions, Art and Science of Herbal Medicine

A six month, one weekend a month course begins each October with Isla Burgess

Viriditas, Centre for Plant Directed Learning and Participatory Science 2020/2021

Begins October 10th and 11th 2020 with

‘Plant Immersion’ Developing The Plant/Person Relationship in Healing

About the course It is a unique participatory, grass roots, immensely practical course that is a combination of knowledge and wisdom gained over 40 years exploration of the plants we use as medicine.

An optional further 4 weekends plus a project development is also offered.

To register

Please contact Isla on for enrolment details, dates and costs

Book early 7 Participants only.

NB: If you would like to pre-register for 2020/21 let me know.

(A pre-course progress payment plan is available just ask.)


Option Two

4 day ‘Plant Immersion’ retreat January 31st to Feb 3rd 2020.

(This is now full  for 2020, but please let me know if you are interested for 2021)

Plant Immersion, Incubation and Inspiration

4 day Viriditas Intensive 2020, with Isla Burgess

Central Otago, New Zealand

Practical, Participatory, Transformational, Experiential

The Viriditas garden near Wanaka has 150 medicinal plants growing. This intensive will immerse you into their world.

For more information and to register your interest, please contact Isla on

This is an independent event with no corporate sponsorship or product focus

Please email me for further information about these courses and more.


***One off Event in Tasmania, Australia, ***

Plant Immersion, Incubation and Inspiration

The Plant/Person Relationship in Healing

with New Zealand’s renowned herbalist
Feb 22nd, 23rd, 2020

Held at Pindari Farm, Longford, Tasmania

This two-day plant directed workshop is about relationships, the
relationships the plants that grow around us have with us and we have
with them. It is also about both our relationship with the planet.

We set the scene so we can be a participant in those relationships and
not just an observer.

Whether you are a gardener, grower, herbal medicine practitioner or
student, all say they are inspired and experience something they have
not previously experienced?

It is Practical, Participatory, Transformational and Experiential!

Isla Burgess is an internationally renowned medical herbalist. Juliette de
Bairacli Levy and Rongoa Maori experts such as Hohepa Kereopa,
Schumacher College tutors and the plants themselves have been key
teachers and mentors of Isla’s. She is the Director of the International
College of Herbal Medicine and founding participant in Viriditas – Centre
for Plant Directed Learning and Participatory Science. She has appeared in
documentaries ‘Earth Whisperers Papatuanuku’ (New Zealand) and Numen
(USA). Books ‘Weeds Heal: A Working Herbal’ and Biophilia Connecting
People, Plants and Inscape’. The sustainability of the plants used in
Medicine is a key concern.

Cost #345.00 (includes onsite accommodation)
For further information or enquiries, contact Jayne on 0455379595 or
email: or via Community Apothecary FB page

ON-Line Study

Therapeutic Issues in Women’s Health in Three Parts.

Please contact me for details.